O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie. Above thy deep and dreamless sleep, the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light. The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight. And at the time, Bethlehem had no idea how important that birth would be. The One whom Isaiah prophesied as the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace had come into the world, into the sleepy little hamlet without much fanfare. It is believed that Jesus was born in the evening, because later we read that shepherds were keeping watch over their flock at night when the angel appeared to them heralding the good news of the birth of the Messiah. Silent stars, as referenced by the popular Christmas carol, maybe some livestock, and certainly Joseph watched Mary give birth to God’s Son. The dark streets provided a contrast that being birthed in a stable or cave was the One who would later call Himself the Light of the World. The hopes and fears of all the years were met that night in Bethlehem in the birth of Jesus.